20 Interesting World Music Facts


  1. It’s scientifically proven that pianists have more efficient brains than normal people!
  1. Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and reduce depression by 25%.
  1. Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to good heavy metal music.
  1. You don’t like the original version of a song because it’s better or classier etc. You like it because it’s the one you heard first.
  1. Your favourite song is probably your favourite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life.
  1. Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen to.
  1. Flowers can grow faster by listening to music.
  1. Loud music can make a person drink more in less time. Now you know why Moshi Moshi, Singapore readily sponsors musical events!
  1. In 1989, the U.S. military blared AC/DC music at General Noriega’s compound in Panama for 2 continuous days. The dictator surrendered.
  1. Beatles couldn’t read music, Jimi Hendrix couldn’t read or write music.
Click by Uma Shri at A2A (Artist to Artist) Music event, Season 4, Singapore
  1. For every US$1000 of music sales, the average musician makes just US$25, barely 2.5%.
  1. Metallica is the first and only band to play on all seven continents.
  1. Led Zeppelin got their name from a fellow musician, who said their band would go down like a “lead balloon.”
  1. The British Navy used Britney Spears’ songs to scare off Somali pirates!
  1. Babies remain calm twice as long when listening to soft music as they do when listening to speech.
  1. White people consume 60-80% of all rap music in the U.S, contrary to popular belief.
  1. “Under Pressure” was written by David Bowie and Queen during a 24-hour wine and cocaine marathon.
  1. Lead singer of iconic band Queen, Freddie Mercury, was born to a Gujarat based Parsi family. His name on birth was Farroukh Bulsara.
  1. Music’s impact is best felt in making us stronger. In exercising, bearing pain, music always helps to distract and extract more from us. Often the rhythm gets us to exercise more, keep heavy weights lifted for a longer time. So music has some extremely far-reaching consequences.
  1. Music has far-reaching impacts. Ever wondered why when you call a call centre, and you are made to hold, a music starts playing. Companies do this based on research that ” It Changes Your Ability to Perceive Time”. You enjoy the music more and feel less burdened about time waiting. ditto why they play music in malls, upmarket branded stores, retail depts etc!

(ps: the above is not an original blog but compilation of little-known facts related to Hindustani music and Bollywood movies. This was compiled from ‘Google’ search in preparation of my emcee script in Artist 2 Artist musical show, Season 4, Singapore. You can also read 20 interesting facts about Bollywood movies and Indian music.)

5 thoughts on “20 Interesting World Music Facts

  1. I think that it is interesting that you have listed Metallica playing on all seven continents as a music fact. When exactly did their band plan in Antarctica? I don’t really see a reason as to why they would want to play there, and so that is why I am questioning that fact.

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